• Fiona Stewart

Thoughts for Thursday: Rejection

Louise Bourgeois - badass abstract expressionist and all round amazing person

It's Thursday again - the days fly by faster than I can keep up. I suppose I should be thankful, for March has been horrid in every way. I keep waiting for my thick Scottish skin to kick in, but here I sit, a crumpled mess. I've pushed my creative-self to it's limits, been battling ill health and a bout of the blues. See, I'm a worker, a thinker and a doer, but the Gemini in me needs constant reassurance and quite frankly it's exhausting.

I keep asking myself, what would Louise do?

For all her successes, Louise Bourgeois amassed huge personal and professional failures. She was a woman filled with rage and melancholy, but used both as the foundation for her artistic voice. Perhaps despondency is part of the artistic journey - I know all my heroes battled it, some even succumbed to it.

I never want to be the kind of artist who shrugs off rejection. You have to acknowledge rejection in order to move past it. RuPaul said that, so it MUST be true! lol

I guess, at the end of the day, if you are confident in your voice as an artist, the work will eventually come. Rejection is part of the journey - it doesn't diminish, but the impact softens with time.

Louise Bourgeois - Rejection

Edvard Munch, Georgia O'keeffe, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh, Louise Bourgeois and Tracy Emin

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